This book really brought together so many of the things I love about reading.
I love regency romances done well, and this one is done well. The setting, the attitudes of the time, the clothing- everything was done so well and tastefully.
The characters were so clear and had a depth that made them human and real to me. I loved the progression of the book- the characters learn and show growth- especially Lord Fenton. Even though I was frustrated with Lord Fenton, I couldn't help but love him and want the best for him. The road to change and love isn't usually easy or pretty. Lord Fenton had a lot of not so pretty moments. But then, so did Alice. Hurt can bring out the worst in people. Love can bring out the best. I was glad we got to see both ends of that spectrum. It was so satisfying.
I read through this one so quickly and was sad to see it come to an end. I love this new genre for Josi Kilpack. It feels really good. :)
Fenton groaned and put his saucer back on the tray, making an instantaneous decision that eased his mind quite a lot. To look at every woman he met as a potential wife was irritating, and after only two weeks he was quite tired of it. Perhaps the solution was to orchestrate a match that would not lay all aspects of matrimony at his feet all at once. Perhaps treating it as a business arrangement would help it to be exactly that, thereby freeing him from all the discomfiting realities he was not yet prepared to face. "I leave for Fentonview on Tuesday and shan't be back for a week. Courting is such a boring prospect, and you yourself said that to become infatuated with anyone might become a complication." He paused, considered one last time what he was going to say next, and decided he felt as good about it as could be expected. "You like Alice Stanbridge and feel she would make a good wife for me?" Lady Chariton looked confused and perhaps a bit concerned. "I do, but-" "Then that is good enough for me," Fenton said, rising to his feet and smiling broadly at his mother, who stared back at him in surprise. "I do find her appealing and what's more she is not a silly little thing without a practical thought in her head." His mother's eyes widened and her eyebrows rose upon her forehead. Fenton struck a pose of consternation, with his thumb and forefinger on his chin as he looked toward the window a moment, then nodded crisply and turned back to his mother who still looked shocked by his pronouncement. "Yes, I think that Alice Stanbridge is exactly what I should like in a wife, and so I shall see to it before I leave for Hampshire-I see no reason to wait until Michaelmas and might as well get it over with." He leaned in and kissed his mother's hand. "Thank you for your help, Mama. I shall let you know how she responds to my proposal."